Music Auditions

A music audition is required for these programs:
  • Music
  • Music/Business
  • Music Composition
  • Music Education
  • Music Performance
  • Music Therapy
  • Non-music majors who'd like to perform in a Nazareth ensemble and compete for a music scholarship


  • Submit the appropriate application: First-time students | Transfer students
  • Auditions are required before applicant notification, as Nazareth accepts students directly to their programs.
  • Schedule your audition
    • Timing: Auditions are held from fall to spring. All audition dates will close two weeks prior, so please register early.
    • Format: In-person, with a virtual option if you cannot make it to one of our in-person dates. For a virtual option, email Amanda Brady at
  • Upload any relevant materials to your Admissions Dashboard

Schedule Your Audition

Select an audition date


As you register for your audition date you will be asked for:

  • The repertoire you plan to audition with
  • A piano placement assessment
  • General information about you and your music experience

After registering, you will have the opportunity to provide an optional music resume. This will be uploaded through your Admissions Dashboard.

Virtual audition

The School of Music will coordinate with you a recorded audition and Zoom interview. You will submit your recordings through your Admissions Dashboard using YouTube. Additionally, we will send out virtual options for any assessments that would be given in person.

Please email Amanda Brady at if you’d like to pursue this option.

Audition Process

What to expect

We are excited to welcome students and their families to campus for auditions! We will hand out schedules to students the day of your audition. On your audition day, you can expect the following on your schedule:

  • Aural skills assessment*
  • Music Theory placement assessment*
  • Warm up time
  • Your audition and interview with faculty from your performance area as well as your major

In addition to these pieces of your audition, you will have opportunities to meet with current students and faculty from the School of Music. We encourage you to interact and ask them questions while on campus!

* Assessments are used to register you for the appropriate course sections once enrolled

How to audition

Choose from the audition format options below.

Note – There are unique options/processes for these programs:

  • Music/Business
  • Music Composition
  • Music Therapy
  • Non-music majors
Brass & Woodwinds
Music Composition
Music Therapy
Non-music majors


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For questions related to study at the School of Music or audition material:


For music majors: All students are considered for scholarship opportunities. If awarded, the scholarship will be included in your financial aid award letter.

For non-music majors: You are welcome and encouraged to audition for a non-music-major ensemble scholarship to perform in a Nazareth University choir, band, orchestra, or jazz ensemble. You do not have to receive a scholarship to perform in any Nazareth University music ensemble. At this time we cannot offer this scholarship to those who play the flute or are a vocalist within alto soprano ranges.

Jazz musicians: The Paul and Beverly Smoker Jazz scholarship is awarded annually to an entering first-year music major who minors in jazz. To apply for the jazz scholarship, send a video audition with at least two examples — either solo performances with jazz groups and/or a solo jazz work that represents improvisation and playing over appropriate chord changes.